Indo-Pacific Maritime Governance Expanded Network for Innovation and Education (GENIE)

An opportunity for emerging leaders aiming to develop maritime governance networks and capacity in the region.

The Indo-Pacific Maritime GENIE will create a cadre of emerging leaders for advancing regional maritime governance. Senior policy experts will mentor participants from Australia and Southeast Asia and help them develop their ideas into policy recommendations for the Australian government.

During the period from June 2024 to March 2025 participants will receive training through a series of tailored online professional development workshops designed to help develop skillsets and mature innovation. These training events will be complemented by in-person workshops in Jakarta and Sydney. Accommodation and flights will be supported by the program. The workshop will involve significant opportunities for hands-on activities, site visits, and team building.

We are accepting applications from early career leaders with an original idea related to improving maritime governance in the Indo-Pacific.


  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in related fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in maritime issues and are seeking advanced training in maritime governance
  • Available to participate in online workshops and in-person workshops in Sydney (21-25 October 2024) and Jakarta (13-17 January 2025).
  • Committed to remaining engaged with other participants via a long-term collaborative network.
  • Only Australian and ASEAN nationals are eligible. Applicants from Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Representatives of community Under-represented communities which under-represented in maritime governance activities are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply:

  • Applications should be made by 30 April 2024 via this form.
  • The submission form should include a brief description of their innovation, an essay about what they hope to gain from the programme, and their c.v.

The curriculum will be co-designed by La Trobe Asia and the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies. This program receives funding support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia-ASEAN Council.